Champlin accepting applications for Ward 1 vacancy

Interviews to be held Thursday, Sept. 6

The city of Champlin is currently accepting applications to fill the Ward 1 vacancy that will be left by Councilor Julia Whalen when she resigns Sept. 12 to move to Dayton.

Applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. The council will interview all applicants Thursday, Sept. 6. The council will then select their chosen candidate to be recommended at the Monday, Sept. 10 council meeting. Upon approval, the appointed candidate’s term will become official Sept. 11. He or she will take the oath of office at the Sept. 24 council meeting and serve the remainder of the term ending Dec. 31, 2014.

Councilor ArMand Nelson was the only opposing vote in accepting Whalen’s resignation. He stated he oppose the process believing the voters should have had the opportunity to vote a new representative in at the General Election. During open forum a resident echoed Nelson’s concerns.

Mayor Mark Uglem and City Attorney Darrell Jensen explained Whalen had made an effort to work with the Secretary of State to get her resignation in on time to make that happen but since there was a lag in communication, she missed the July deadline. Any elected position vacancies after that deadline cannot be added to the General Election. Therefore, the city council will appoint a representative to fill the vacancy.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 28, the city had received five applications for the position. Candidates must live in Ward 1 of Champlin to apply. Applications are available online at